Quotes from the Alumni
Not sure if Lambdas is right for you? We asked the Alumni for their thoughts and comments about Lambdas and why they joined. Here are some replies…
“When I was in your position, I was a freshman who had just settled into college life and had no idea what the coming years would bring, I only knew that I was very excited.
These will be great years, and after you enter the house you will look at your brothers and see that they come from different backgrounds and have a great variety of interests. This is the best part, because we are a group of unique individuals.
Because each of you are unique, after college you may disperse around the world into many different fields. But you will always have an anchor of good friends and great memories – you will be able to help each other in ways I could never have imagined. This is the debt I personally owe to my brothers, because Lambdas are more than a fraternity, we are a Brotherhood.”
– Ambert Ho, Xi Class
“When I look back, I’m always surprised at how much we were able to accomplish. After all, when I joined, Lambda Phi Epsilon was a few guys just starting to build a group. But I saw the potential to lay the groundwork for something lasting, something beyond my time at school. By the time I graduated, we’d created events and traditions that I think really added to my experience and to the larger Asian American and Stanford communities as well. Now, out in the working world, I’m busy with similar opportunities, applying skills that I learned and practiced as a Lambda.
My decision to pledge was based on the premise that I’d change Lambdas more than it would change me. I think that’s held true – not just for me, but for just about everyone who’s gone through. As an environment where the goal is for each member to become better, Lambdas is simply a place for people to contribute to what’s already there, whether that be leadership skills, academic or or career advice, or an intensely strong social network. For those that can seize the opportunity, it’s time well spent.”
– Elliot Loh, Alpha Class
“The commitment to brotherhood is the reason why I joined Lambdas. The thing that strikes you, though, is that the brotherhood is made up of so many successful and talented members. It’s an amazing experience to develop such strong bonds of loyalty with your brothers, and it makes it all the more unique to realize that these are people who don’t need the external gratification of being in a fraternity insofar as they would be considered successful by any measure, be it personal or professional. Not only did my brothers become my closest friends, but it was enormously helpful for me to have the advice and tutelage of older brothers and alumni in pursuing my own aspirations beyond graduation. You really can’t undervalue the network of friends and connections that you join when you become a brother.”
– Yul Kwon, Delta Class
“In Lambda Phi Epsilon, you will have a lot of great times and you will also have some tough times. You will enjoy the good times and grow from the bad times. Through the process, you will end up with some of the best friends you will ever make and be able to laugh over some of the greatest stories when you get old like me.”
– Jerry Fang, Alpha Class
When I began college at Stanford University I really wanted to have the full “college
experience,” so I took it upon myself to participate in a lot of different activities and befriend a
lot of people from various backgrounds. I had a fair amount of fun, but after two quarters at the
university I still hadn’t really found my niche, and I had a feeling it would be a very long time until
graduation without a base of friends.
At the time, I worked alongside a few Lambdas in a volunteer student organization but they
never said much about their fraternity to me, perhaps because they didn’t think I was that
interested. Nevertheless, I wanted to take advantage of Rush Week to learn more and see if
I could find in Lambda Phi Epsilon the base of friends that I had been missing. When I came
out to their events during Rush, I was impressed with what I saw: a close-knit, fun-loving yet
highly intelligent, and charismatic group of young men. On top of that, they were a group of
Asian American men who were comfortable with their identity and not apologizing to anybody
about their membership in an Asian American fraternity. Despite some of the negative things
I had heard about Lambdas prior to Rush, I found myself admiring these “bros” and figured
these were the type of guys I wanted to associate with during my college career. Soon enough,
I pledged and crossed into Lambda Phi Epsilon at Stanford University. The friends I had been
looking for were no longer so important – I had brothers now.
Three years and a lifetime of memories later, I can honestly say that joining Lambda Phi Epsilon
was the best decision I’ve made in my college career. My fraternity brothers have not only
provided the base I needed as a freshman but also served as mentors and motivators in helping
me to realize my full potential as an undergraduate. As an active, I’ve had the honor of receiving
two of my fraternity’s national scholarship awards, the privilege of serving as Pledge Sensei for
another class of Stanford Lambdas, and the chance to network with hundreds of other brothers
from across the nation. I’ve even had the pleasure of seeing my actual little sister cross into our
sister sorority, alpha Kappa Delta Phi at Stanford!
Through all of my actions I would like to believe that I’ve made a lasting positive impact on my
fraternity. Aristotle put it best when he said, “We are what we
repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” For me, everything I’ve done in
this fraternity has made me who I am: a confident yet humble person who cares deeply about
the people around him and devotes his utmost focus to every task. I am a Lambda and every
day, I work to earn the right to call myself a leader among men.